Job Description: Tends laundering machines to clean facility linens and personal articles of residents. Loads articles into washer and ads specified amount of detergent or other cleaning agents. Lifts clean wet articles from washer and places them into dryers for measured time cycles. Sorts dry articles, folds and places items in appropriate storage shelves or resident rooms.
Accountability: Laundry Workers report to department supervisor
Equipment used: Industrial-sized or residential washer and dryers are used. May have instance to use a stepladder.
Environment: 100% inside.
Duties and Responsibilities: The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered essential to this position.
1. Wash and dry resident clothing and facility linens.
2. Fold and sort clothes and linens.
3. Deliver all resident laundry as designated.
4. Ensures that all clothes and linens are mended and ready to wear/use. Assures the availability of linens.
5. Understands functions of various soaps and bleaches, and uses them appropriately.
6. Assures personal and staff compliance to all State and Federal regulations including blood borne pathogens, infection control, use of hazardous materials, and fire safety.
7. Maintains a clean and orderly work area.
8. Cleans filters on driers as directed.
9. Inventories supplies.
10. Assure personal and staff compliance to Residents’ Rights.
Facility Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
11. Follow the Housekeeping/Laundry Manual when working in the facility.
12. Make sure that residents receive a clean washcloth and hand towel each and every day.
Physical Activity Requirements: Employee is required to seek the assistance of another employee or to use lifting equipment when attempting to lift or carry loads over 25 lbs. Employees must be aware that during the normal, routines performance of the essential functions, some of the following body movements may occur naturally, although they are not a requirement of the job.
Primary Physical Requirements:
Lift up to 10 lbs: Constantly
Lift 11 to 25 lbs: Constantly
Lift 26 to 50 lbs: Not required
Lift over 50 lbs: Not required
Carry up to 10 lbs: Constantly
Carry 11 to 25 lbs: Occasionally
Carry 26 to 50 lbs: Not required
Carry over 50 lbs: Not required
Reach above shoulder height: Constantly
Reach at shoulder height: Constantly
Reach below shoulder height: Constantly
Controls & Equipment: Commercial or residential washers and dryers are used.
Other Physical Considerations:
Twisting: Not required
Crawling: Not required
Kneeling: Not required
Crouching: Not required
Balancing: Not required
During an 8-hour day, Employee may be required to:
Consecutive Hours Total Hours
Sit 1 1
Stand 2 6
Walk 1 2
Work Surface: Standing on linoleum floors. When delivering personal items, may walk on linoleum or carpet.
Cognitive and Sensory Requirements:
Talking: Not required
Hearing: Not required
Tasting & Smelling: Not required
Specific Vocational Preparation Requirement: NONE
Access to Personal Health Information: Does not requires access to personal health information.
Licensure/ Certification Requirements: Not required
Other Training, Skills, and Experience Requirements: The employee must demonstrate on an ongoing basis the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and other departments.
Summary of Occupational Exposures:
Tasks and procedures performed by employee involve risks classified by CDC as:
Category I (Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids to which universal precautions apply)
Specific Task Exposure:
General Resident Care: Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions, other body fluids- cerebrospinal, synovial, pleaural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic;
Handling Soiled Linens and Clothing: Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions, other body fluids- cerebrospinal, synovial, pleaural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic;
Cleaning Resident Rooms and Common Areas- Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions.
Refer to Exposure Control Plan for additional information.
The employee will be exposed to routine laundry chemicals.
Other Considerations and Requirements: The employee may be asked to perform other duties as assigned. Such duties will be within the scope of the employee’s training and ability. The employer reserves the right to modify this job description based upon the company needs.